Excellence in Eye Donation Award
St. Francis Health has been awarded with Saving Sight’s 2015 Excellence in Eye Donation
Award recognizing the partner hospital for achievements in providing the gift of sight to those needing a transplant last year. In 2015, staff at St. Francis Health helped to facilitate 31 eye donation cases, which resulted in 19 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant. Overall, the hospital achieved a 67 percent consent rate for eye donation.
The Excellence in Eye Donation Award was created in 2014 to recognize hospitals that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to eye donation. Hospitals in Saving Sight’s service area of Missouri, Kansas and Illinois that achieved an eye donation consent rate exceeding 45 percent with at least 10 donors during the 2015 calendar year are being awarded the honor this year. Fewer than 15 percent of Saving Sight’s partner hospitals will receive the Excellence in Eye Donation Award in this year.
“We applaud St. Francis Health for empowering others to give the gift of sight and for striving to create a culture that supports donation,” said Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. “Thanks to the generosity of eye donors and their families, and the staff at St. Francis Health, more people than ever were able to receive a sight-saving cornea transplant last year.”
Each year around 48,000 individuals in the United States require a cornea transplant to restore vision that has been lost due to disease, disorder or injury. With the help of hospital partners like St. Francis Health, Saving Sight provided corneas for more than 3,000 of those transplant surgeries in 2015. For more information on becoming an eye, organ and tissue donor please visit donatelife.net.
About Saving Sight Saving Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to change lives by saving sight. Founded in Columbia, Mo. in 1960, the organization introduced eye donation and the gift of sight to Missouri. Today, Saving Sight operates community healthy vision programs that serve more than 100,000 people worldwide each year with offices located in Missouri, Kansas, and central Illinois. For more information, please visit saving-sight.org.